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  • CalFresh FAQ's

  1. What are Food Stamps?
  2. I have seen the name SNAP. What does it mean?
  3. What are some requirements to be eligible for Food Stamps?
  4. How do I apply?
  5. Where are your offices located?
  6. What are your hours of operation?
  7. What verifications are necessary to provide when applying for Food Stamps?
  8. Do I have to have children to be eligible for Food Stamps?
  9. Do I have to be a US citizen to be eligible?
  10. What are the income standards for Food Stamps?
  11. What are the property standards for Food Stamps?
  12. What if I have a food emergency?
  13. I am homeless. Could I still be eligible for benefits?
  14. If I receive SSI/SSP, am I eligible for Food Stamps?
  15. If I am approved to receive benefits, how do I access them?
  16. What happens if my EBT card is not working?
  17. What if I have lost my EBT card?
  18. What if I don't think I am eligible can I still apply?
  19. How do I find out who my case manager is?
  20. I can't reach my worker, what should I do?

 

  1. What are Food Stamps?
Food Stamps is a nutrition program that supplements a low-income family�s food budget to ensure they are getting adequate nutrition. Food Stamps can only be used to purchase food items. The program name is Food Stamps but beneficiaries no longer receive their benefits in stamps. Instead, they receive them electronically on a Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.
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  1. I have seen the name SNAP. What does it mean?
The Food and Nutrition Service recently renamed Food Stamps to Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), but in California it is still called Food Stamps. Watch for a new name soon.
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  1. What are some requirements to be eligible for Food Stamps?
In order to receive Food Stamps from Stanislaus County, here are some of the general requirements you must meet in order to be eligible.
  • A resident of Stanislaus County
  • A low-income household
  • Have or be in the process of obtaining Social Security Numbers for all household members
  • Willingness to provide all requested verifications.

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  1. How do I apply?
You may apply in person at any Community Services Agency (CSA) office, by calling CSA at 1-877-652-0734, or applying online at C4Yourself.com. You must have an interview with a case manager before benefits can be approved. This interview may be completed over the phone.
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  1. Where are your offices located?
Community Services Agency (CSA)
251 E. Hackett Road
Modesto, CA 95358
1-877-652-0734
CSA Turlock
101 Lander Avenue
Turlock, CA
1-877-652-0734
Hughson Collaborative
2413 3rd Street
Hughson, CA
1-877-652-0734
West Modesto Community Center
401 Paradise Road, Bldg. E
Modesto, CA
1-877-652-0734
Scenic
11014 Scenic Avenue
Modesto, CA
1-877-652-0734
East County Service Center
1405 West F ST. STE#I
Oakdale CA 95358
1-877-652-0734
West Side Service Center
66 N. El Circulo
Patterson, Ca 95363
1-877-652-0734



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  1. What are your hours of operation?
The Community Services Agency offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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  1. What verifications are necessary to provide when applying for Food Stamps?
You may apply without proof, but you will have to give certain information before your Food Stamps can be approved. Your worker will tell you what proof is needed. If you can not get the proof yourself ask your worker to help you. Here is a list of some of the items required:
  • Proof of identity of the applicant
  • Social Security card(s)
  • Naturalization documents(s)
  • Alien registration card(s)
  • Income verification

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  1. Do I have to have children to be eligible for Food Stamps?
No. Adults without dependents may apply for and be eligible for Food Stamp benefits.
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  1. Do I have to be a US citizen to be eligible?
No, but you have to be an eligible non-citizen. You must have the legal right to stay in the United States permanently.
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  1. What are the income standards for Food Stamps?

You must be low-income to qualify for Food Stamps. Below are the income standards effective 10/1/2011. These amounts usually change every October. If your Household (HH) income falls below the income standard you may be eligible for Food Stamps.

Food Stamps Income Standard Chart
Effective 10/1/2006

HH Size

Max Gross Income

Max Net Income

Maximum Coupon Allotment

1

$1,180

$908

$200

2

$1,594

$1,226

$367

3

$2,008

$1,545

$526

4

$2,422

$1,863

$668

5

$2,836

$2,181

$793

6

$3,249

$2,500

$952

7

$3,663

$2,818

$1,052

8

$4,077

$3,136

$1,202

Each additional person add:

$414

$319

150

Note: Gross income is income before taxes or any other deductions. Net income is income after all allowable deductions. The gross income test does not apply to Elderly/Disabled households.
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  1.  What are the property standards for Food Stamps?
There are no property limits for CalFresh households. Property information is still required to be reported to the case manager, but due to Modified Categorical Eligibility there is no limit. The household must still meet other eligibility criteria.
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  1. What if I have a food emergency?
If you have little or no food you may be eligible for Expedited Food Stamps. Expedited Food Stamps may be available to you within three days if your and your household are eligible for the Food Stamp program and have 1) Rent or mortgage and utility costs that are more than your liquid resources and this month's income before deductions, OR 2) No more than $100 in liquid resources and less than $150 income for the month before deductions, OR 3) No more than $100 in liquid resources and at least one member who is a migrant or seasonal farm worker. Before you can get Food Stamps, you must be interviewed within three days and provide proof of your identity.
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  1. I am homeless, could I still be eligible for benefits?
Yes. You will be asked to provide a contact address/phone number so we can reach you if necessary. If you do not have an alternate mailing address we will provide a local address for you to use so you can pick up your mail.
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  1. If I receive SSI/SSP, am I eligible for Food Stamps?
No. The state of California provides a portion of money in the SSP payment that is intended to help the recipient buy food. You may apply for other household members who do not receive SSI/SSP.
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  1. If I am approved to receive benefits, how do I access them?
Food Stamp benefits are accessed through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. The EBT card works much like an ATM or debit card and can be used to buy groceries.
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  1. What happens if my EBT card is not working?
EBT cards do not work for various reasons, such as the card may not be active, or there are no remaining benefits. You may call your case manager or 1-877-328-9677 for assistance.
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  1. What if I have lost my EBT card?
Call 1-877-328-9677 to report your card lost or stolen immediately. At this time you may also request a new card be mailed to you. If you need a new card right away contact your case manager or go into your local Community Services Agency office.
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  1. What if I don�t think I am eligible? Can I still apply?
Yes, you may apply for Food Stamps at any time.
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  1. How do I find information about my benefits?
Call our automated system at 1-877-652-0734 for benefit information or to speak to a Customer Service Representative.
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  1. I have questions abou CalFresh eligibility, who do I contact?
Call our automated system at 1-877-652-0734 to speak to a Customer Service Representative.
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